Berger, Hans - The accident that led to the invention of the EEG
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Hans Berger - from psychic energy to the EEG - David Millett
One spring morning, while mounted on horseback and pulling heavy artillery tor a military training exercise, Berger’s horse suddenly reared, throwing the young man to the ground on a narrow bank just in front of the wheel of an artillery gun. The horse-drawn battery stopped at the last second, and Berger escaped certain death with no more than a bad fright.
That same evening, he received a telegram from his father, inquiring about his son’s well-being. Berger later learned that his older sister in Coburg was over-whelmed by an ominous feeling on the morning of the accident and she had urged their father to contact young Hans, convinced that something terrible had happened to him.
He had never before received a telegram from his family, and Berger struggled to understand this incredible coincidence based on principles of natural science. There seemed to be no escaping the conclusion that Berger's intense feelings of terror had assumed a physical form and reached his sister several hundred miles away - in other words, Berger and his sister had communicated by mental telepathy.
Berger never forgot this experience, and it marked the starting point of a life-long career in psychophysics.